At the 9th Phoenix House’s Triumph for Teens Gala, Phoenix Houses of California was proud to present Dr. Charles J. Sophy, Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), with the 2012 Phoenix Rising Award for his leadership in the field of drug abuse treatment and for his long-time support of Phoenix House. Dr. Charles Sophy has dedicated his life to the physical and mental well-being of children and families from all walks of life.
As the Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) – the largest Child Welfare System in the United States – Dr. Sophy is responsible for directing the physical and mental health, as well as ensuring the safety, of over 40,000 foster care children. In his private practice in Los Angeles, Dr. Sophy protects and cares for some of the nation’s most privileged children as well. Dr. Sophy’s range and scope of patients sets him apart from any other psychiatrist or medical professional in the media today. Regardless of the socio-economic status of the individual or family he treats, Dr. Sophy maintains his simple yet powerful philosophy: “Parenting begins with you. Not your child. You. And you owe it to your child to be the best possible you.”
Among his many awards and recognitions from county, state, national organizations and government agencies, Dr. Sophy received the 2002 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, given by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), as well as the Zimmer Children’s Foundation Award. You might also recognize him from TV; Dr. Sophy has made many guest appearances on television and radio including “Larry King Live”, “The Today Show”, “Anderson Cooper 360” PBS’ “A Place Of Our Own” and “Dr. Drew LIVE”. He has been quoted in The LA Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and The Chicago Tribune, and he has been both interviewed and published in major magazines, including “Parents”, “Men’s Health” “Family Circle” and “Redbook”. In 2010, Dr. Sophy released his first book entitled Side By Side: The Revolutionary Mother-Daughter Conflict Resolution Book by Harper-Collins Publishing. His presence on the internet has grown rapidly through his website www.drsophy.com, where you can also enjoy his weekly podcasts covering a very interesting and broad range of topics with weekly guests to further enhance the discussion.
Presenting the award to Dr. Sophy was Emmy Award–winning co-anchor of the KTLA Morning news, Wendy Burch. Over the last two decades, Ms. Birch has delivered thousands of live television news reports, including breaking news, high-profile court cases, and star-studded red carpet events. Wendy was a member of KABC’s Eyewitness News team from 2003-2008, where she was Emmy-nominated for Best Hard News Reporting in Los Angeles. In addition to reporting, Wendy Burch is the founder of The Good News Foundation, a non-profit charity dedicated to making a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of people in need and at-risk in Greater Los Angeles.
Phoenix Houses of California also honored Sergeant Larry Martinez, an 18 year veteran with the Los Angeles Police Department and longtime friend and supporter of Phoenix House, with the 2012 Phoenix House Public Service Award. In California, where the first Phoenix House program opened in 1979, Phoenix House now serves more than 1,300 adolescents and adults each day, at locations in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Kern and Riverside counties.
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